Pop superstar Madonna has provoked fierce criticism from Jewish leaders after a dedicating a song on her new album to a 16th century Kabbalist rabbi.

The controversial track ISAAC draws on the life of YITZHAK LURIA, a Jewish mystic, but rabbis are suspicious the MATERIAL GIRL singer may be exploiting his name for profit.

Madonna, who is Kabbalah follower herself, is no stranger to religious contention. Her 1984 single LIKE A VIRGIN sparked uproar amongst Christians after the raunchy music video featured a black Jesus Christ character.

And Jewish elders are similarly unimpressed by her latest musical tribute, suggesting it could even prompt divine retribution.

RABBI RAFAEL COHEN, head of a seminary named after Luria, says, "Jewish law forbids the use of the name of the holy rabbi for profit.

"Her act is just simply unacceptable and I can only sympathise for her because of the punishment that she is going to receive from the heavens."